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Negrych in lineup for Syracuse vs. Bisons

St. Francis product Jim Negrych is batting second and playing second base tonight for the Syracuse Chiefs as they meet the Buffalo Bisons and top Mets pitching prospect Jeurys Familia in Coca-Cola Field. Negrych, promoted from Double-A Harrisburg on Monday by the parent Washington Nationals, has not played in this series.

Negrych last played in his hometown in 2010 for the Indianapolis Indians. He spent last year batting .304 at Double-A Jacksonville of the Florida chain but was released by the Marlins this spring. In his lone game so far for Syracuse, he went 1 for 4 with a two-run single and two walks in Monday's 12-4 win over Charlotte.

The Bisons, meanwhile, have a chance to take over first place in the International League North tonight. They are 15-11 and a half-game behind both Pawtucket (16-11) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (14-10). I have to sift through the daily reports to get the answer but the Herd has been atop the IL North fewer than 10 days total in its four seasons with the New York Mets so this is no small feat.

IL batting leader Bobby Scales (.390) has the night off for the Bisons. No. 2 hitter Vinny Rottino looks to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, which would pass Valentino Pascucci for the team's longest this season.  Here's the rest of the Herd lineup:

Dustin Martin, cf
Vinny Rottino, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Fred Lewis,  rf
Matt Tuiasosopo,  3b
Brad Eamus, 2b
Rob Johnson, c
Omar Quintanilla,  ss
Jeurys Familia,  p

---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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